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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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9,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,983
Reviews: 3,366
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 309
Gots: 1,356 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of Brunite
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amost black....some ruby edge.

S: Roasty of malts, burnt coffee and dark bakers chocolate

T: Excellent. No heavy sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate dominates here. Some nice hoppiness finishes. A lasting chocolate brownie flavor.

M: Medium.

D: As far as the style...very good. A great sipper.

Brunite, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev -7%

bluehende, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

cd_beer_disapear, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of loverofthecraft
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

loverofthecraft, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of jdubjacket
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice. Pours a deep brown -almost black with a chocolate brown head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite good. Very well balanced between the chocolate and coffee. Hops and malts are very well balanced in this one. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Don't know if I could drink more than one of these at a time, but if I had to, I wouldn't be opposed to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I've had in a while.

jdubjacket, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jdkitchi, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of weerezboy
5/5  rDev +16.3%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

msanborn, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

beefsquatch, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -7%

Corson, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of bushbeer75
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since this brew has such an outstanding reputation I was wondering if it would live up to it, or if it was just “hype” – Well it sure deserves that fine rep!

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout poured an almost opaque [reddish] black color with a “bumpy” 1½ finger tan head and leaves behind some lacing. This is a complex brew with a rich intense robust palate that is creamy, buttery [smooth] with the right amount of carbonation. Old Rasputin has a light fruit aroma. The taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee with touches of blackberries.

Drink ability is a little lower due to its rich flavor [it hides the alcohol well] but that is NOT a bad thing! Rasputin makes for a GREAT nightcap.

bushbeer75, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rojada1988, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ezperkins2, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Absolut
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Absolut, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

gkoz, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Ultimate, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of KoG
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at a Grocery store with the Hennepin, I'm not too sure how old it will be being as I believe this particular store probably doesn't sell much.

Poured out of the bottle a dark as oil black sludge that created a dark brown cascade that made a small brown head, not sure why there wasn't more. Didn't leave any lacing, but given the head I wasn't really expecting it. When I picked it up to sip it I noticed a small amount of light around the edge of the glass, made me think "Gee, this seems more like a porter than a stout."

EDIT: Second bottle was a much better appearance, lots o'head and lacing, better smell as well.

The smell was a bit lite, especially for a stout of this calibur. Picked up faint espersso and dark malt with toasted barley.

The Taste... Hrmmm, very BOLD. Reminds me of an 8-Ball stout but more bitter, finishes sweet with a definate dark dark dark chocolate aftertaste with a hint of alcohol, yum.

Mouthfeel was great, active carbonation from the tip of the tongue to the throat. Creamy yet not, but definately good.

Drinkability for me was pretty good, although I could see the 9% catching up quick after about 2 or 3. Too bad it only comes in 4 packs.

KoG, Oct 11, 2004
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4/5  rDev -7%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of abcsofbeer
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of the Imperial Stout, so I was looking forward to this one. Pours a dark dark brown with no transparency. The head is tannish and poured to a thickeness of 1 inch. There is a fair amount of sticky lace at the top of the glass that goes away toward the bottom.

The aroma is of strong coffee, a bitter smell. Very malty and toffee smelling as well. The taste is much like a bitter, strong coffee. It is not thick as some stouts I have tasted. The aftertaste is like a bitter dark chocolate. The one thing apparent in the taste is the strong alcohol flavor. At 9%, it is not surprising, although some beers are better at masking the alcohol flavor than others. This one does not hide it, thus the reason for the drinkability sliding down the scale a little.

abcsofbeer, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep black crude with a one inch tan head; leaves light lacing

s: light roasted coffee, light grain; light cream; light grassy hops

t: dark roasted coffee; terra firma; light grassy hops; molasses; bitter burnt coffee and bitter hop kick

m: creamy anf thick; very light carb

d: a great Istout

hoegaardenhero, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of williahd
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williahd, Aug 15, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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